Barbro Åberg

17/06/06 > 22/07/06

  • Barbro Åberg
  • Barbro Åberg
  • Barbro Åberg
  • Barbro Åberg
  • Barbro Åberg
  • Barbro Åberg
  • Barbro Åberg
  • Barbro Åberg

Showing at the same time

Jonathan Keep (Personal show 2006).

Barbro Åberg was born in Sweden in 1958, but has lived in Denmark since 1986. It is however in the United States , in 1979, that h er career as a ceramist began. There she enjoyed her first training as a ceramist, followed by a year at Berkeley, California, working for various ceramic artists at Berkeley Potters' Guild. After that, she went back to Sweden, where she continued her art education and finally she moved to Denmark, where she graduated from the School of Arts and Crafts in Kolding in 1988. This diffuse background makes Åberg's work difficult to categorize. Barbro Åberg manages to borrow the best from several traditions: the playful evocativeness of the Swedes and the rigorous analytical approach of the Danes. In addition, her stay in the US still inspires her works with a sense of confidence and adventure.

The contours of ships, strong pegs, and blocks to exchange weight can be sensed as the source of inspiration behind individual pieces. In others, ancient symbols for divine worship are recognized, some linked with a kind of religious congruity from prehistoric times, others registered as recreations of the shift of mountain ranges and penetrating flows of lava. Others appear with clear references to organic structures, as they are known from medicine and biology. There is however an underlying current in her thematic approach. Åberg explains: “A recurrent theme in my work is a kind of search for the universal. My work is not private. Of course I am an ingredient in the work. And the intensity of the work process is reflected in the work. A good piece has its own language, its own story. It's alive somehow.”

Barbro Åberg received several awards and grants e.g. from the Danish Art Foundation. Her work is represented in public and private collections and has been exhibited extensively both in Denmark and internationally. In 2003, her work was shown in the USA at museums such as MAD, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Racine Art Museum and Crocker Art Museum as part of the temporary exhibition, ”From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics”.